Monday, July 22, 2013

A short tutorial

Recently I found this Greek quote "First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do". I've been trying to focus on intentions and setting goals and this quote fits right into that line of thinking. Of course it became a journal page!

I took a couple WIP pictures along the way and thought I would share them here.

I started with a collaged background. I used magazine images, torn pieces from junk mail and vintage papers. Next I dropped a few drops of acrylic paint (purple, periwinkle and cream) and used a brayer to move the paint around the page. Finally when dry I used a plastic card and applied some random areas of white paint and while that was wet I drew patterns and marks in the paint.

When the paint layer was dry I glued on the collage elements. This kitten face is a copy from a vintage magazine advertisement. the hat is from Tumble Fish Studio, and the arms are courtesy of Mona Lisa. I used scrap paper for the body/dress, rub on wings and a border sticker that I colored with ink.

When the collage elements were dry I added the other kitten using mostly Derwent aquatone pencils and gesso along with a little charcoal and white gel pen lettering. Then I added the quote.

Finally to the finishing details ...  Using Stazon ink and alphabet stamps I added the words "YOU" and "BE". I used a plastic card with acrylic paint and a glue stick cover with watered down acrylic for the assorted background marks. I used gel pen and charcoal for outlining, Sharpie poster paint pens for the scallops, and pan pastels to highlight and for the ground. I think that pretty much covers it.
I posted this breakdown for beginning art journalers. I think if you break it down into small steps it's not so intimidating to try it yourself. Also, each of the steps allow you to put your own spin on the page. I hope if you haven't tried art journaling you will give it a try (First say to yourself what you would be (or do); and then do what you have to do).


  1. Amazing! Again! Thanks for sharing. <3

  2. This is great - I really enjoyed seeing the process.

    Thank you!

  3. Love it!! Wise words - when you put it like that, everything seems so simple!!It reminds me a bit of some advice I got from my old history teacher about writing exam essays which was 'first say what you are going to say, say it, then say what you said.' Which, although it sounds a bit odd did actually help. Must find time to do some journal pages.... so many projects, so little time...

  4. thank you ! That´s fantatsic!



    and we have a monthly Challenge for Art Journalers over on

  5. Beautiful and cute kittens!! I love them!


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